1841 – William Henry Harrison dies of pneumonia, becoming the first President of the United States to die in office, and setting the record for the briefest administration.
The Battle of Tippecanoe was fought on November 7, 1811, near present-day Lafayette, Indiana between United States forces led by Governor William Henry Harrison of the Indiana Territory and Native American warriors associated with the Shawnee leader Tecumseh. Due to this battle, Harrison, who got the name "Tippecanoe." Tecumseh and his brother Tenskwatawa (popularly known as "The Prophet") were leaders of a confederacy of Native Americans from various tribes that opposed US expansion into Native territory. As tensions and violence increased, Governor Harrison marched with an army of about 1,000 men to disperse the confederacy's headquarters at Prophetstown, near the confluence of the Tippecanoe and Wabash Rivers. Due to the links to Lafayette, Indiana, William Henry Harrison's beginning of the “20 year presidential death curse,” and the involvement of Tecumseh/Tenskwatawa, this date and site have much to do with the “Fayette Factor.”
1866 – Alexander II of Russia narrowly escapes an assassination attempt by Dmitry Karakozov in the city of Saint Petersburg.
1968 – Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated, allegedly, by James Earl Ray at a motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
1973 – The World Trade Center (Twin Towers) in New York is officially dedicated.
1979 - Pakistan's former Prime Minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, is hanged - in spite of international calls for clemency.
1991 - Pennsylvania's moderate Republican Senator John Heinz (above) and six others were killed when a Sun Co. Aviation Department Bell 412 helicopter collided with Heinz's plane over a schoolyard in Merion, Pennsylvania. All aboard both aircraft, as well as two children playing at the school, were killed. Heinz's widow, Teresa Heinz, in 1995 married Heinz's U.S. Senate colleague and future Secretary of State John Kerry. John Heinz was a member of Yale's Skull and Bones, as is John Kerry.